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Fels Naptha Soap and Allergy Concerns


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I stumbled upon a blogger who has researched the ingredients in Fels Naptha soap (an ingredient used in some homemade laundry detergents and stain removal), and it makes me wonder if this is the reason our daughter experienced throat swelling and wheezing a couple years ago. Over the counter allergy medications worked for her symptoms, but we didn't want to continue with medications if they were unnecessary.

Homemade laundry detergent is super affordable and one making lasts several months. I was pleased at how much liquid detergent I ended up with and even amazed at how little it cost. I purchased three inexpensive ingredients: Fels Naptha, Washing Soda and Borax about two years ago, and I still have the ingredients from my original purchase to make more! I plan to try different detergents soon: one by simply switching Fels Naptha to Castile soap and the other a lavender powder detergent.


Which homemade detergent do you like to make? Has anyone else experienced allergy-like symptoms with homemade detergents?

By the way, I've since purchased Sun detergent and my daughter's wheezing and throat swelling have ceased.

15 comments:

  1. Langela7:38 AM

    Don't you hate unknown allergies? I'm sorry for the trouble your daughter has gone through. I use the three ingredients for my laundry soap, but thought about making my own bar soap to use in place of the Fels to save a little more money. Plus I like to experiment. I use the powdered version of the homemade soap, though, because the kids are the ones doing laundry and I thought I'd save myself the clean-up of the liquid mess. At least with the powder it can just be swept up.

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  2. sarah smith11:24 AM

    we have some very VERY sensitive skin in our home, as well as my daughter and i being prone to migraines when smells are too strong. when i started making my own laundry soap, i smelled a bar of fels naptha in the store, and new right away it would never do. instead i bought a six pack of ivory soap (the original white bars) for the same price as one bar of fels naptha. i have been using this for years now, and am very very satisfied. i use it as a pre soak, stain treatment, and regular detergent, and all of our clothes are always clean and fresh.

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    1. Langela12:12 PM

      Sarah, I suffer from the same problems with smells. Through a friend at church's search for answers for her headaches, I found out I had a fungal infection of my sinuses. I took the antifungal pill you take for yeast infections every day for about a year and a half to finally get rid of it. Although, I noticed the swelling in my sinuses leaving within 24 hours. The infection wasn't the only reason I got headaches from smells as I can still get them, but it seemed to magnify them and make me much more sensitive than I am now. Just a thought.

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    2. Come to think of it, I have not experienced allergies myself after switching back to store bought detergent. I will give the Ivory a try. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Langela, we prefer to avoid medications if at all possible. Laundry detergent, like everything else, is getting so expensive, I hope to continue making our own.

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    1. Langela7:58 AM

      I think my friend's daughter deals with the fungal infections by changing her diet- no sugar or yeast, etc. It takes a bit longer to deal with, but she has been successful with it if she catches it early.

      The scent of the Fels is strong as a bar soap, but after washing, we don't smell anything but freshness. I think, too, that the Fels is more caustic than say, Ivory. It is very strong. I used it as a stain stick on my husband's work shirt once and left it on until a later load. It actually ate through the shirt! On the plus side, there was no more stain. :)

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  4. Thankful for God's Grace9:47 PM

    We've used Zote (found it in our local hispanic grocery store but could be found other places), instead of the FelsNaptha to make powder detergent. Works wonderfully and we also have a young lady who has sensitive skin. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. I don't recall seeing Zote around here, but I will check into it. Thanks for suggesting it, Thankful for God's Grace.

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  5. Anonymous2:31 PM

    I have combined Fels-Naptha, Zote, Johnson & Johnson soaps for my homemade liquid detergent. This combinination is a little more costly. But, when your 7 year old finds the chocolate ice cream and ends up getting more of it on her clothes than in her mouth....this detergent did a tough and very thorough job on her brand new licensed Notre Dame shirt. Not a hint of chocolate on that shirt. And I did was pretreat it with the detergent pretreater I made from it. I also make my own fabric softener. Since switching to homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener....our skin has never been so much smoother and much softer. I'm sure this is due to the lack of perfumes from the store bought detergents and irritants in the fabric softeners. Homemmade softener adds a much needed moisturizer to our skin. Especially since the winter air is approaching. I have so much faith in this detergent and fabric softener, that I've decided to start selling it from my home. It's fun to make! And, I make it without the clumps. It works extremely well for my extremely fussy Maytag Front load HE washing machine. The "SUDS" and "NO DRAIN" warning lights no longer come on. So clean clothes, no bills from the Maytag repairman....These Homemade products have me sold!!! And earning much needed money!!!!

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  6. Anonymous1:24 PM

    I made the liquid detergent about 2 months ago and it seperated in the gallon jug, not sure why. This did ot bother me as that I ahve never been allergic to anything my entire life, 48 years, I made the powder detergent using the ivory soap about 1 month ago and im itching terrible, hives and whelps everywhere. I have bought some ALL free and clear and have started washing everything staarting with the bed sheets. My dog is even scratching, terrible feeling. Hopefully this is what has caused the reaction. Back to buying detergent from the store.

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    1. The All free put my daughter in the emergency room. People are allergic to different things. The dog doesn't wear clothes, could be Glade, floor fresheners,etc. You have to pay attention to everything. I have trouble with gas heat, Glade,and other things. I was told by a nutritionist that it jeans your immune system is working when you react to certain things usually toxins. It's like smoking your body true to get rid of it by coughing. If you keep on the immune system is damaged and accepts it.

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  7. I am having an issue as well with homemade detergent. I just switched to using it and am SO ITCHY! I don't know if it's the fels naptha or what, but I am going back to my All free and clear detergent.

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  8. I just made this and am wondering about the smell. We do have Zote in walmart; I saw it when I bought the Fels. I will give this a try (I whipped it so it doesn't separate). I am hoping for no allergic reaction, but my skin is very sensitive. The Zote didn't have the heavy smell. I did get it all over my hands when whipping it/making it and cleaning up and so far other than being dry (as I'd expect from a detergent) I don't seem to have any other reaction. I'm hoping for the best because it is very cheap to make and I've heard it cleans very well.

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  9. The detergent with Fels - in my opinion - had a pungent odor, but lessened during wash and drying.

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